Sir Steve House will take up the post of Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police on 5 March. His role will bring resilience and succession planning to the Met’s senior leadership team following an unprecedented year for policing in 2017 and a continued increase in operational tempo for the organisation as it continues to bear down on violent crime and protect the capital. One of his key initial tasks will be to coordinate the Met’s response to the challenges raised recently in respect of disclosure policy and practice, working across the Met and with Government and partner agencies.
Commissioner Cressida Dick said, “There is a huge amount of transformation taking place within the Met and at the same time we are dealing with rising demand and big operational challenges. I’m really pleased to appoint Steve to this role. He brings huge operational experience having previously served at senior levels in the Met and been Chief Constable of Strathclyde Police and then Police Scotland. He has also led some huge change programmes, most notably bringing together eight forces to form Police Scotland.
“Steve also has a strong track record in tackling violent crime – particularly domestic violence, knife and gang crime – both within the Met and then with huge success in Scotland. Having worked with Steve I know he has a passion for policing and public service that will be a great addition to our team.”
Sir Steve House said, “I am delighted to have the opportunity to return to the Met, at such a busy and challenging time. I joined the police to serve the public and it is an honour to be able to return to the Met and work as part of a really talented team to protect the public and fight crime in London.
“London is a fantastic city and deserves world class policing. It is exciting to return to the Met at a time of transformation and to be a part of the effort in delivering that.”
The former Chief Constable of Police Scotland retired in November 2015 before taking up a consultancy role within the private sector. During previous service with the Met he served as Deputy Assistant Commissioner and then Assistant Commissioner in charge of Central Operations and then the Specialist Crime Directorate, before moving to Strathclyde Police as Chief Constable in 2007.
Sir Steve House’s contract will run for five years. He has taken the decision not to draw his monthly pension for the duration of his contract with the Met.